Video and Public Speaking
Free meditation, well-being and mental health videos to support you and your family in these weird times. Each meditation lasts about 30 minutes. Click on the links to watch.
13/5/20 Using covid to help us re-write the story – Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s journey goes some way to helping us see lock-down and COVID-19 in a larger context so we can consider how we want to emerge into the world; what we want to leave behind and what we want to grow.
22/4/20 Bereavement – what it is, how to live with it and how to support other people, including children, through it.
15/4/20 ‘Guest House’ (Rumi) meditation – Rumi asks us to ‘welcome and entertain’ all our emotions and this is what we focus on.
12/4/20 Easter / Ostara Meditation – a time for fragile new beginnings. What is hatching in you? We use the chakras to explore
10/4/20 Anxiety: what is is and how to reduce it – lots of practical tips and tools
8/4/20 Meditations on grief – there is so much loss at the moment, allow it to be with us is a way into deeper connection with our self and others
6/4/20 Understanding what stress is and how to reduce it using cognitive and behavioural techniques – a whistle stop tour of why and how to get your stress down to boost immunity against covid.
4/4/20 – Cocoon Meditation – We’re all in our nests, our cocoons, unsure of how we or the world will be when we get out so we need to be as tender with ourselves as we would be with babies.
3/4/20 – Being in the moment meditation – We all write stories about the future and what it might be, but actually this moment is where we live and it is the only place we can find peace. Use your body awareness and a guided visualisation to clear your mind and find ease.
29/3/20 – Family guided visualisation – to our own magical land where all is safe and well where a magical gift is waiting for you.
27/3/20 – Family Meditation – where do we feel our emotions in our body? How can we share them without being mean? What do we need when we feel this way. Body awareness and emotional intelligence for all the family, even the very young.
26/3/20 – Meditation and ease – a half hour meditation using body awareness and thinking about what freedom means to us at this weird time
22/3/20 – Meditation and soothe – Meditation, what it is and why it works with some simple breathing exercises
In this Video I talk about:
- 4.30 mins – The statistics of domestic abuse in the UK
- 7 mins – My personal reason for writing the book
- 9 mins – The Freedom Programme
- 11 mins – The Research process for the book
- 15 mins – Why I used fairy tales
- 17 mins – What I learned about our childhoods and how they may influence
In this video I talk about:
- 0 mins – A reading from Rapunzel
- 3 mins – The 3 stages of getting into an abusive relationship and incremental control
- 6 mins – Coercive control, emotional and psychological abuse
- 8 mins – Stress and post-traumatic stress
- 9.30 mins – Gas-lighting
- 11 mins – Co-Dependence
- 12.30 mins – Narcissism
- 13.30 mins – Strangling
- 14 mins – How to get out
- 15.40 mins – Heathcliffe and the romantic myth of the dangerous male
- 20 mins – Why ‘Into the Woods’?
- 21 mins – What helped people escape?
- 24 mins – Shame
- 25 mins – How we need new stories for women
In this video I am answering the questions and talking about the vision for the book and how women and girls need to be their own heroes on their own adventures.
Radio and Podcasts
Free Podcasts for you and all your family to support mental health, well-being and ease in these weird times.
Introduction to the podcast. All episodes are about 30 minutes long unless otherwise stated. Click on the links to listen.
What are you hungry for? (9 mins)
28/4/20 BBC Radio Shropshire – The psychology of schools re-opening
25/11/18 BBC Radio Shropshire – domestic abuse
BBC Radio 5 Live – domestic abuse
AN OSWESTRY writer is set to release a book of fairy stories to highlight the issue of abusive relationships.
Julie Leoni will release her new book on Sunday, November 25 to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The book, entitled Into the Woods, is written in fairy-tale form while telling the true stories of women who have experienced domestic violence. Julie hopes that the book will open more people’s eyes to the issue,which affects one in four women at some point in their lifetime according to Refuge and Women’s Aid.
“I think it’s very important to be able to tell your story and to have someone that is willing to listen to it,” she said
“There’s a lot of power in telling your story, for a lot of people it can be a big step towards breaking through the shame brought on by suffering in a relationship.
“One of the book’s main aims is to be able to turn some people’s darkness into light as well as raising money for charity and raising awareness about the issue of domestic abuse.”
Julie, who works as a life coach alongside her role as a teacher at Marches College and Ellesmere College, started working on the book almost three years ago and has had to make time for writing while looking after children and working.
“I’ve been working on the book alongside illustrator Anita Wyatt and Kate Taylor who will be editing and publishing the book,” she said
“We’ve been working on the book for some time between us and have had to juggle it with our jobs and children.
“There’s never a perfect time to do what you want to do in your life, so you’ve just got to make it work.”
The book will be launched at Booka Bookshop in Oswestry between 6 and 8pm on November 25.
Julie, Anita and Kate will read from the book, explain how it all came together and answer questions.
Domestic abuse charities will also be present to give support. Tickets are £12.99 from Booka, with profits going to Montgomery Family Crisis Centre. Profits from the print edition will also go to the charity.
Tickets for the launch can be bought at Booka Bookshop in Oswestry and the book can be pre-ordered from www.julieleoni.com
A sold-out book launch of ‘Into the Woods’ written by Dr Julie Leoni, illustrated by Mrs Anita Wyatt and published by Middlefarm Press, takes place at Booka Bookshop in Oswestry on Sunday 25th November.
The launch of the book coincides with the United Nations International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls on Sunday. Domestic abuse charities will be attending the launch. Any proceeds raised will go towards domestic abuse charities.
‘Into the Woods’ has taken true stories of modern day abuse, co-dependence and domestic violence and retells them as spell binding, classic fairy tales, ingeniously combining self-help with magic and fantasy.
The nurturing collection of tales shines light on these dark, seldom spoken about experiences to create a healing, informing and empowering resource.
‘Into the Woods’ is available to buy from www.julieleoni.com and Booka Bookshop. The book is a must read for women everywhere who will find at least one character they can relate to in these carefully crafted tales, uniting women to reclaim their power and potential.
Dr. Julie Leoni, author of Into the Woods, commented: “I really want this book to not only entertain, but to increase people’s knowledge and understanding of what domestic abuse is so that people living with it can get the help and support they need. My intention with this book is to change lives”.
Mrs Alison Pearson, Headteacher of the Marches School, added: “We are very proud of Julie and Anita, who both work at the school, and we want to support them in raising awareness of the issue of domestic abuse, which affects so many families and young people locally and internationally”.